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MRC four-year PhD programme in Human Genetics, Genomics and Disease

MRC four-year PhD programme in Human Genetics, Genomics and Disease

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates to join an MRC funded 4-year multi-disciplinary PhD programme in Human Genetics, Genomics and Disease at the MRC Human Genetics Unit (HGU), part of the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) at the University of Edinburgh.

To understand how our genomes work to control the function of molecules, cells and tissues in people and populations we need to combine research in multiple disciplines. To achieve this our PhD programme harnesses strengths in the latest computational and experimental technologies and relates fundamental research to human disease. There are over 20 available projects to choose from (further project information to follow), for 8 successful candidates, that cover the research expertise across the MRC Human Genetics Unit.

We are committed to high quality training, mentorship and research excellence to prepare the next generation of scientists to tackle the most challenging questions underpinning health and disease. This will enable you to think critically, undertake mechanistic research and make new discoveries.

Programme structure

First 6 months: students participate in structured teaching covering key topics in areas such as genome regulation, disease mechanisms and biomedical genomics. This is combined with computational and statistical training and a journal club. At the same time students participate in 2 mini-projects to experience different laboratory or computational environments.

Subsequent years: Students develop one of the initial projects into a PhD project for the remaining 3.5 years.

Who should apply?

Applicants should have a 1st class or 2.1 degree or a Masters in any relevant discipline including biosciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics or computer science. Importantly we are seeking motivated students excited by new opportunities who are keen to discover new disciplines and work across multiple fields.

MRC four-year PhD programme in Human Genetics, Genomics and Disease

Why Edinburgh?

Edinburgh University is consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities. We are a major center of biomedical research and have strong collaborations to other disciplines including informatics, mathematics, chemistry and physics, providing an exciting environment for ground breaking multi-disciplinary research projects. Edinburgh has often been voted as the UK city offering the highest quality of life and is renowned for its affordability and rich cultural life.

Application procedure

Up to 10 studentships are available to start in September 2020 for outstanding applicants with a stipend of £17,900 p/a. You should hold at least an upper second-class degree in a relevant subject and comply with the University of Edinburgh’s English language requirements. For full funding (fees and stipend) students must be UK or EU citizens. Closing date: 17 January 2020.

For further information on how to apply, please visit the website.

For informal enquiries or concerns about eligibility please contact Nick Gilbert ([email protected]).

MRC four-year PhD programme in Human Genetics, Genomics and Disease

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